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Weekend Essentials


Do You Have Questions?

If you have ideas or general questions about Reunion & Commencement 2008 or volunteering, or if you want to get in touch with a classmate, please contact the Wesleyan staff member working with your class.

If you have a question about registration, please contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (860) 685-2116 or rc@wesleyan.edu.

If you are a parent of a graduating senior and you have a question, please contact Dana Coffin, Office of Parent Programs, (860) 685-3756 or parents@wesleyan.edu.

Staff Contacts
WESeniors (Classes of 1928–1957) Regan Schubel ’01
(860) 685-2253
rschubel@wesleyan.edu
1938, 1943, 1948, 1953 and 1958 Regan Schubel ’01
(860) 685-2253
rschubel@wesleyan.edu
1963 and 1968 Josh Tanz ’06
(860) 685-4840
jtanz@wesleyan.edu
1973 Zach Webster ’06
(860) 685-2080
zwebster@wesleyan.edu
1978 Pam Vasiliou
(860) 685-2546
pvasiliou@wesleyan.edu
1983 Lucy Diaz MALS ’05
(860) 685-5376
ldiaz@wesleyan.edu
1988 and 1993 David Sims
(860) 685-2408
dsims01@wesleyan.edu
1998 and 2003 Mary Livingston ’04
(860) 685-2457
mlivingston@wesleyan.edu

Registration

All alumni must register. Parents and families of graduating seniors must register only if they plan to participate in an event with a fee. You can register by completing and mailing in the enclosed registration form or by using our secure online form.

Preregistration Deadline

Registrations must be postmarked by May 9. Registrations received after May 9 will be assessed a $25 late fee.

On-Site Registration

The enclosed schedule of events is preliminary, subject to change, and does not include event locations. We encourage everyone to check in at Registration (Usdan University Center) to receive the final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, and other essential information. Schedule updates and event locations will also be available online.

On-Site Registration Hours:

Registration Hours
Thursday 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.–midnight
Sunday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

If you have questions about Registration or plan to arrive after registration closes, please contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at rc@wesleyan.edu or (860) 685-2116.

Fees

Refer to the online registration form (or the form in your preliminary brochure) for details about Reunion & Commencement Weekend fees. Please note that late fees will be assessed for anyone registering after the deadline or upon arrival.

Refunds

Refunds can only be made through Friday, May 9, or in extreme emergency situations. Refund checks will be mailed after Reunion & Commencement Weekend bookkeeping is completed in late June.

Don’t Forget

Bring your camera, scrapbooks, Wesleyan memorabilia, music, and anything else that will make the weekend special. May weather can be unpredictable in New England; we recommend that you bring a light jacket and umbrella—and if you’re staying in a dorm room—an extra blanket. Wesleyan’s athletic facilities and fields will be open throughout Reunion & Commencement Weekend; bring your suit/bathing cap/towel/racket/softball glove/Frisbee, etc., and check your final schedule for facility hours.

Special Assistance

The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all people. Please let us know by May 9 if you or your guests have any special needs. Contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (860) 685-2828 or skampen@wesleyan.edu to make arrangements.

Weekend Meals

Bon Appétit, Wesleyan’s campus dining service, prepares most Reunion & Commencement snacks and meals. A vegetarian or vegan alternative is provided at every meal. Some meals require tickets. For these meals, we strongly recommend you reserve a ticket in advance to guarantee availability and to help us plan accordingly. Meals requiring advance purchase are:

  • Thursday 50th Reunion Dinner
  • Friday Welcome Picnic
  • Friday Red, Black and GREEN Dinner
  • Friday Shabbat Dinner
  • Saturday Festival on Foss Hill
  • Saturday Reunion Class Dinner
  • Sunday Reunion Brunch

There may be a limited number of extra meal tickets available for purchase on-site. Meal tickets will not be mailed in advance; you will receive the appropriate tickets when you stop by Registration to obtain your Reunion & Commencement Weekend welcome packet.

You may purchase a snack or meal during the weekend at the following locations and times. These meals do not require advance purchase:

The Usdan Café (Usdan University Center) and the Pi Café (Exley Science Center) will be open for a la carte breakfast, lunch, and snacks Thursday through Sunday for limited hours.

Most bars are cash-only, and ID is required at all bars throughout the weekend.

Parking

As always, parking and access to University buildings are limited. We will do our best to accommodate the larger crowd on campus during the weekend through the use of golf carts and shuttle vans, but please expect delays and plan accordingly.

Additional parking may be available at the Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets), the Vine Street parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts), and the Freeman Athletic Center parking lots (Cross Street and Pine Street). Shuttle vans will run regularly between these lots and all sites on campus.

The lot adjacent to the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of admission, 70 Wyllys Avenue and the “C” lot on Church Street will be reserved for members of the Classes of 1958 and earlier, as well as for any individuals with disabilities. A parking/shuttle flyer will be included in your welcome packet. Please let us know by May 9 if you require special parking by contacting Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (860) 685-2116 or rc@wesleyan.edu.

Transportation

Car Rental Companies
Alamo (800) 327-9633
Avis (800) 831-2847
Budget (800) 527-0700
Dollar (800) 800-3665
Enterprise (800) 736-8222
Hertz (800) 654-3131
National (800) 227-7368
Thrifty (800) 367-2277
Taxi and Car Services
Avalon Transportation (860) 895-5466
CT Limousine (800) 472-5466
Edie’s Cab Company (860) 570-1129
Essex Taxi (860) 767-2152
Executive 2000 (860) 635-8222
Hunter Limousine (860) 344-1130
Yellow Cab Company (860) 666-6666

Shuttle Service

If you need a ride from Bradley International Airport (Hartford/Springfield), Tweed Airport (New Haven), or from the Meriden or New Haven train stations, we will do our best to accommodate your needs with our student-operated shuttle service. To make arrangements, please contact the student interns in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (860) 685-2418 or interns@wesleyan.edu by May 9. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee off-campus shuttle service for requests made after May 9.

Updates

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change. For periodic updates about the weekend events, check back on this site. For class specific information such as who plans on attending, programming geared towards certain class years, fundraising updates, and other important details, check out your class site, accessible through wesleyan.edu/rc. A final schedule with updates will be available at Registration (Usdan University Center). Please stop by to receive the most up-to-date information about the weekend.

For Reunion Classes

See Who’s Here

Check out the “See Who’s Here” board at registration in order to find out where your classmates are staying and how to catch up with them.

Reunion Headquarters

Reunion classes will have space reserved for casual gatherings with classmates and special class exhibits (message boards, collages, artwork, and performances). These alumni lounges will be the best place to find your classmates, take a break from the weekend activities, or congregate between events. Bars will be open at all Reunion headquarters throughout the weekend. Please be prepared to show ID at all bars.

Reunion Rideboard

Guests interested in carpooling to and from campus should visit the Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2008 category on WesLink to make arrangements. Connect with others who will be traveling to Wesleyan, offer an available ride, and help reduce your environmental impact! You must be logged in to post your ride request. Visit the Sign Up for WesNet page at the Alumni Help Desk for more information.

Saturday Night Reunion Class Dinners

The Class Dinner on Saturday night is often the highlight of the weekend. We encourage all alumni with children to utilize Camp Cardinal (Wesleyan’s on-campus childcare program; see schedule on page 14) throughout the evening so they can enjoy dinner, spend time with friends, and take advantage of late-night parties.

Each Reunion class is encouraged to invite members of the faculty or administration to join them for their class reception and dinner. If there is someone you would like to invite, please contact a member of your class committee or the Wesleyan staff member working with your class (see page 15). Cash bars will be available at all luncheons, dinners, and campus parties.

Hotels and Motels

Alumni are strongly encouraged to make hotel reservations well in advance of the weekend. Rooms are limited, and there is a high demand placed on area lodging during the holiday weekend. When calling a hotel, make sure to request the block of rooms for “Wesleyan’s Reunion.” The reservation cutoff and cancellation policy for blocked rooms varies by hotel.

Reunion Class Accommodation Blocks
WESeniors, 1938, 1943, 1948 and 1953 Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell (860) 635-1001
1958 Inn at Middletown, Middletown (860) 854-6300
1963 Rocky Hill Marriott, Rocky Hill (860) 257-6000
1968 Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury (860) 659-1025
1973 Homewood Suites by Hilton, Glastonbury (860) 652-8111
1978 Fairfield Inn, Wallingford (203) 284-0001
1983 Rocky Hill Marriott, Rocky Hill (860) 257-6000
1988 Hampton Inn, Meriden (203) 235-5154
1993 Hampton Inn, Meriden (203) 235-5154
1998 Best Western Camelot Inn, Wethersfield (860) 563-2311
2003 Super 8 Motel, Cromwell (860) 632-8888

In addition, rooms are available at the following hotels, which are available to all classes:

All Classes Accommodation
Crowne Plaza, Cromwell (860) 635-2000
Courtyard by Marriott, Wallingford (203) 284-9400
Hampton Inn, Rocky Hill (860) 563-7877
Best Western, Berlin (860) 828-3000
Hampton Inn, Meriden (203) 235-5154
Sheraton FourPoints, Meriden (203) 238-2380
Residence Inn, Rocky Hill (860) 257-7500
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Wallingford (203) 284-2600

Please refer to www.wesleyan.edu/about/lodging.html for additional information regarding local accommodations.

Residence Halls

Alumni who prefer to stay on campus will be grouped by class in Clark Hall, Nicolson (Foss 5–7), and the new Fauver residence hall. If you wish to stay in the dorms, please register using the form enclosed in your preliminary brochure, or using the online form. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a housing fee of $120 per twin bed for unlimited nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights). When you register, you will be asked who you would like to room with and near. Room assignments will be available when you arrive on campus and check in at Registration. A $25 refundable room/key deposit will be required upon check-in. Residence hall rooms must be vacated by 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

Please keep in mind that residence hall rooms are basic, with little furniture or creature comforts. There are no private bathrooms. Beds are twin-sized. Basic sheets, a light blanket, a pillow, and a towel are provided, but we recommend that you bring an extra blanket, pillow, and/or towel.

You may also want to bring hangers, an alarm clock, a hair dryer, a mirror, an iron, and/or other amenities. Before you arrive on campus, please check the local weather forecast and plan your trip accordingly.

Reunion Class Photos

The photo for the 50th Reunion Class of 1958 will be taken during the Friday, May 23 dinner with the President. Group photos of the Reunion Classes of 1963–1983 will be taken at the base of Denison Terrace on Saturday, May 24. WESeniors (Class of 1927–1957) and members of the Classes of 1938–1953 will have their Class Photo taken during their Class Reception and Dinner on Saturday, May 24. Information about class photos will be available after the weekend at panfoto.com.

For Parents and Families of Graduating Seniors

Housing/Accommodations

Parents and families of the Class of 2008 should arrange for hotel/motel accommodations as soon as possible. Please refer to the “About Wesleyan” section of the University Web site at www.wesleyan.edu/about/lodging.html for information regarding local accommodations.

Commencement Ceremony Rain Plan

The Commencement Ceremony will be available live by Webcast.  Please go to  http://wescast.wesleyan.edu for details about how you can view the ceremony.

In case of rain, the ceremony will take place under the large tent on Andrus Field. Since seating for guests will be limited, we respectfully ask you to reduce the number of your guests who will be sitting under the tent to three. A live broadcast of the Commencement ceremony will be available in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater, Crowell Concert Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Sciene Center, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed online. Please check this site for details the week of May 18, 2008.

In case of inclement weather, you may also call the main University number at (860) 685-2000 to determine whether or not the University will institute the rain plan for the Commencement Ceremony.

Caps and Gowns

Seniors order caps and gowns from Broad Street Books during the last week of March. Broad Street Books will send a letter to all seniors with instructions for ordering during the last week of March. Call with any questions at (860) 685-7323.

Diplomas

Members of the Class of 2008 may obtain their diplomas on Saturday, May 24 from 12 noon –4 p.m. in the main lobby of North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.